(Alton) — Fire broke out early Wednesday morning at an Alton farm equipment dealership prompting five different community fire departments to respond.
The fire was reported at about 3:20 a.m. at the Hawk and Company Ag. The five fire departments responding to the alarm included Alton, Orange City, Sioux Center, Hospers and Granville. Sioux County Deputy Sheriff Nate Huizenga arrived at the scene about a half hour after it was first detected.
Firefighters were still battling the blaze as of 6:00 a.m. this morning. It is not yet known as to how the fire may have started, but speculation is that it may have started in the service repair area of the farm dealership. Huizenga offers an explanation of the agriculture business that caught on
Huizenga says the early morning rain may have been more of a nuisance than benefit for the firefighters.
Officials believe several thousands of dollars of damage has occurred with the fire. The fire remains under investigation.